There Are Certifiable Idiots Working at Passport Canada

So I just got a call from the consular agency in Cancún. She was laughing in a “if I don’t laugh, I’m going to cry” kind of way. Passport Canada is unable to comprehend that I am living in Mexico and have an address here while still having a residence and address in Canada and not having a set day for when I will be returning to Canada. 🙄

She told them everything we discussed — I’m here on a residency visa but haven’t give up my home in Canada and that wasn’t good enough for Passport Canada and they told her they can’t process my new passport with the information they have for me. 😡

So she was calling to ask me to give her a date for when “I plan to come back to Canada.” I replied, “My visa here expires on May 1st, 2021. So I will decide in early 2021 if I am returning to Canada or will continue to live in Mexico. I only intend to travel to Canada once or twice in that time to visit family.”

She thought that sounded good (and it is the truth!) and will call Gatineau back to see if they accept it.

I know for a fact that not everyone who works for the Canadian civil service is an idiot, but it’s really hard to remember that right now.